San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
Oct 10 2012
I mentioned recently that my wife and I were taking a trip through the beautiful red rock country of southern Utah. To get there, we drove along back roads through California and central Nevada. One of our stops in Nevada was the hamlet of ...
Oct 04 2012
Conflicting Views on Cinnamon for Type 2
There’s a story about a monastery in the Dark Ages where the friars are sitting around the dinner table disputing how many teeth are in a horse’s mouth. The elder monks are citing Aristotle for their answer, but there’s an argument over the ...
Oct 02 2012
Life is Good at 6.5 %
I just got back my latest A1c results and I’m a happy man. In early June my A1c was fluctuating between 9% and 10% (210 to 240 mg/dL), high enough that my doctor said it was time to start on insulin. I decided then and there to make one ...
Sep 27 2012
The Panic in Needle Park
"The Panic in Needle Park” was the name of a 1971 film about an ill-fated love affair between two New York City heroin addicts. (It featured a young actor named Al Pacino in his second-ever Hollywood role.) By 2022, however, that title might ...
Sep 25 2012
10 Nifty Diabetes Apps
In 1987 I was researching an article about a young man who was making big waves in San Francisco commercial real estate. One day as I was interviewing him he asked me to accompany him on a walk to a client’s office several blocks away. He wa...
Sep 21 2012
The Barsoom Map of Type 2
My wife and I have two globes of Mars that we pass by each time we go from the living room into the kitchen. The first one, 6 inches in diameter, was made 40 years ago just after the Mariner probes began sending back the first really detailed...
Sep 18 2012
The September Potpourri
Red wine improves insulin sensitivityIs there anything that red wine can’t do? A Spanish study shows that men who are at risk of developing heart disease who drink a glass of red wine daily—regular or dealcoholized—enjoy lower insulin resistanc...
Sep 14 2012
Coaching Type 2 Kids
A friend of mine who has counseled many parents with type 2 children says that although each child is unique, there are some general principles parents can apply as they teach their diabetic children to cope with the disease. Here are some o...
Sep 12 2012
Hitting the Road with Type 2
My wife and I will soon be driving out from the San Francisco Bay Area to southern Utah. We haven’t visited the glorious red rock country there in years, so we’ve been anticipating this trip for months. Our goal is to shun freeways and inter...
Sep 11 2012
Improved Test Strip Mileage!
Pricking our fingers to get blood glucose readings involves two necessary evils: sticking needles into sensitive finger tips to draw blood and having to pay month in and month out for test strips. Those are the two big reasons why millions of...